Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are the boxing equivalent of Jersey Shore's Ronnie and Sam. They periodically break up, but only so that they can make up not too long afterward. When they’re on bad terms, the terms are really bad, but that’s only so that the reconciliation will get more attention and acclaim than it otherwise would have. You’re never quite certain whether they’re saying what they’re saying and doing what they’re doing because they genuinely want to, or because they know it’ll get them the most publicity.
Either way, though, there is no denying that in recent weeks both men have amped up the trash talk. Despite the fact that neither has any openings in their calendars for a super fight in 2013, both Mayweather and Pacquiao have taken time out of their schedules recently to speak out about the other.
While doing press for his upcoming showdown against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Mayweather was asked a passing question regarding his Filipino rival. Rather than just ignoring it, he took the opportunity to drop this line: "Pacquiao's a has-been.”
As you would expect, Pacquiao’s team couldn’t just let that slide. About a week later, in a separate interview, Michael Koncz fired back – albeit in a slightly softer way.
“This is America and everybody is entitled to their opinion,” Koncz noted. “However, if Floyd truly believes his statements are true then one would think he would jump to fight Manny.”
One actually wouldn’t think that, but why let logic interfere with a good burn attempt.
“Nonetheless, let the world wait and watch on November 24,” he continued. “Let the people judge for themselves if, as Floyd says, ‘Manny is a has-been and his career is over,’ as actions speak louder than words and Manny’s iconic global appeal will continue to soar.”
If someone didn’t know any better, they’d probably just chalk this little back and forth up to fight hype for a bout that at least one party really wants to make. However, given the characters and histories involved, it could very well be that both Mayweather and Pacquiao are lobbing shots simply because they really and truly just hate each other.